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TWEETER911
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(10/8/05 12:36 am)
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I feel lke starting another one. Sue me. O_O
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Kurtis kicked my ass in Disgaea in the second fight with him. I've been hitting up the item world like crazy since then, gathering gladiators, statisicians, and lots of stuff to clobber that cybrog nerd back into the ground like did in the chapter before. This time I'm going for the super overkill type victory though....




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(10/7/05 11:48 pm)
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I've been playing Trace Memory for probably 2.5 hours. I'm a little stuck right now. There's a room in the mansion with a piano. And playing a song on it is apparently the way to open up secret doors of some sort, but there's no way to play it yet. There's a collection of possibly related books on a shelf. You're supposed to arrange them, but the set isn't complete and I've only found a few of the missing ones.

I figured out how to open one locked room, but there didn't seem to be anything relevant in there, and I'm kind of at a dead end for the moment.

I like the game quite a lot so far. I heard the ending was supposed to be a bit of a surprise, so I've been thinking about that and I'll see if I turn out to be right about any of it.




TWEETER911
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(10/8/05 2:20 am)
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CRUSHED Kurtis this time.
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Man, I hate the events that happen after this. :(
"KURRRRTIIIIIIISSS!!!!!!!" indeed, Gordon. :(
Fuck, I wish I could have Kurtis on my team. :(
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Final Chapter here I come.


ps

(OH, WHY AM I SO AWESOME?)
Mid-Boss forever.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/8/05 3:08 am)
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Sheesh. I think I'm FINALLY done with a project that was giving me hell this week.

I'm in a laser class that has graduate and undergraduate students. To make that fair, the graduate students have to do more work. The professor gave me an assignment to write a note set for the undergrads based on Term Notation and Hund's Rules (which tell what state the electrons have, and which state has the lowest energy, respectively).

Well, in my ever so humble opinion, Hund's Rules are pretty complicated, at least in application. In fact, I believe NONE of my quantum mechanics texts (and I have at least 5 of them) have a comprehensive discussion of them.

Plus, he's told me that the undergrads haven't been doing so well on the homework or quizzes, which leads him to believe they might not have the necessary prep background.


So, to get everyone up to speed, I started from the VERY beginning, meaning quantum numbers and the Bohr model of Hydrogen. It turns out that my notes could probably form the bulk of a class in atomic physics. I think (hope) I managed to make everything clear, despite how much information there is.

I've probably learned a bit myself. One thing I found by looking at many different sources is that the way chemists use Hund's rules is much easier to understand and apply than the way they're usually formatted in physics texts.


I still wouldn't be surprised if either a) the students didn't read the whole notes (but if they just skipped the first, review half, it wouldn't be a big deal to me) or b) the professor requested that I cut it down to make it more managable.




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(10/8/05 6:34 am)
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After spending another hour in Trace Memory trying to figure out what to do, I finally got some help. As it turns out, I really wasn't doing anything wrong, and so I don't feel as bad about this as I might normally.

I just didn't "click" right, apparently. There's a cabinet you encounter in one of the rooms, and it contains various items that don't seem important. Still, the game said there was something in there, and so I clicked on each to see if there was anything important... with no luck. And I'd swear that I did this a second time after finding no more clues elsewhere in the mansion.

But apparently, BOTH times I checked this cabinet, I accidentally didn't click on one of the items. This item held the key I needed to progress, and now that I can access a new room, everything is falling into place and going quite smoothly. I was starting to really overthink the situation, trying to see if there was some elaborate puzzle that involved a location outside the mansion.

Not an encouraging sign if I'm to play Myst soon. :)

I've got about 3.5 hours in this game. Since people are claiming to finish it in 4 to 6 hours, and I'm only in chapter 2, I can only assume that they were lucky and didn't get stuck at all, or immediately got help when they did have trouble. There's a certain level of skill involved too, but I'm sure there'll be a time when everyone gets a little lost sooner or later, either because the puzzle is good or they just missed something.

Or maybe people just like to rush. But a game like this one, I find pretty relaxing to play. I want to pay attention to all the details in each room and make the experience last as long as possible. Knowing that it's short also encourages me to go through at a leasurely pace.




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(10/8/05 7:24 am)
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I restarted my game of Normal on RE0 so that I could conserve more ammo on the train. I discovered a few tricks that really help:


1. It's extremely easy to beat the Scorpion boss with the knife alone. Funny that no FAQ I've looked at for the game mentions this. That saves you a ton of ammo right there. Just back Billy all the way up to the door and wait for the scorpion to walk up to you. Then slice downward with the knife and you'll hit it in the weak spot every time. Occasionally, it might not back off and you'll get hit by its claws, but it doesn't do that much damage to Billy. I took four hits from it once and was still in the green.


2. When Rebecca encounters that leech zombie in the dining car, don't fight it. Just turn around and run back down the stairs. This will cause the cutscene where the leeches surround her and Billy saves her to automatically occur.

3. After Rebecca uses the icepick on the door handle and ends up back in the dining car, there will be a few zombies that are on fire coming at her. Just run past them and go back down the stairs. You never need to enter this room again so there's no point in wasting ammo on them.

4. When running through the rooms that have the small leeches crawling all over them, set your partner to "idle" so he/she doesn't waste ammo shooting at them.

5. If you're only fighting one zombie, a trick that works rather well is to shoot it until it falls over, then switch to the knife. Swipe downwards and finish it off with the knife. That'll save you a couple of bullets, but it might be hard to do if there is more than one zombie coming at you.




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(10/8/05 12:42 pm)
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Capcom Classics Collection:

Pirate Ship Higemaru - Hot damn this game is addictive. And I love that invincibility song (especially with the remix turned on). But it doesn't have continues so you have to beat the game in one. I've made it as far as Deck 11, out of I don't know how many. The little captian guy seems to have some control issues. Sometimes he won't turn, sometimes he seems to strangely go a direction I didn't tell him (I think it's something like in Phantasy Star IV, where if you're on a corner and you press up, the characters will move left-right first to clear the corner, then go up), and sometimes he won't fire the barrel.

Street Fighter 2 - A fresh reminder as to why I grew up hating fighters. What is this? It's slow as molasses, I put in the combo for the Sonic Boom (briefly hold back, then hit forward and... one of the punch buttons. Strong I think) and it only works once out of every ten times, and it suffers from serious Record of Lodoss War syndrome.

I noticed on the spine of the game's case it says "Vol. 1". So I guess they are planning to release more of these.




SnuggleJammies
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(10/8/05 1:11 pm)
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I beat the Leech Hunter game with all 100 Leech Charms collected! That unlocked Unlimited Ammo. I'm not certain how exactly that works, though. Is the ammo unlimited just for the Leech Hunter game, or can you start a new game on Normal or Hard and have unlimited ammo? The game really doesn't make it very clear at all.

That Leech Hunter actually was kind of fun. I had to use a lot of strategy to beat it. My main strategy was to use the larger guns (the ones that take two blocks) to run around the mansion and kill all the enemies first. When their ammo was used up, I switched to the smaller guns, seeing as how you need five of your six inventory blocks to carry all 50 Leech Charms for each character.

When I ended, Billy's gun had 0 bullets and Rebecca's only had 2. Once five of your slots are filled with Leech Charms, you can't reload your gun. If you need more ammo, you'll have to drop your gun and pick up another one, but there are only a few extra guns lying around the mansion.




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(10/8/05 1:15 pm)
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Quote: Street Fighter 2 - A fresh reminder as to why I grew up hating fighters. What is this? It's slow as molasses, I put in the combo for the Sonic Boom (briefly hold back, then hit forward and... one of the punch buttons. Strong I think) and it only works once out of every ten times, and it suffers from serious Record of Lodoss War syndrome.


I haven't played the game on the PS2, but in principle I really disagree with you.

For it being slow, the Hyper version is on that collection. Come on!

For the sonic boom, you're probably either not charging it enough, or you're not directly going from perfectly back to perfectly forward. They do take practice.

SF2 simply does not have Record of Lodoss War syndrome.




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(10/8/05 2:15 pm)
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I remember playing Street Fighter 2 Turbo on the SNES and it was a lot more reasonable (I actually beat M.Bison). This was just WTF. I'd attack, miss (or do a strong punch because the Sonic Boom was taking a smoke break), get attacked and knocked over, then they'd back up and initiate another attack while I was getting up.

And I had it set to fucking EASY.




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(10/8/05 3:56 pm)
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I forgot to mention how cheaply-hidden the last two Leech Charms were. For the most part, I didn't use a FAQ for the Leech Hunter game, but I remembered reading on some webpage that had a bunch of random hints for this game that two of the Leech Charms were hidden in the back of the kitchen, out-of-sight. Well, all the other Leech Charms can be seen before you pick them up (they give off either a green or blue glow).

Now, I thought I had gotten everything from the Kitchen as there were quite a few charms in there and I couldn't imagine why they'd hide so many in that one tiny room. But when I got to the end of the game and was missing exactly 1 green and 1 blue, I thought I'd check the kitchen again.


Indeed, that is where they were. They were hidden in the sink in the back and you can't see them in there. I only found them by bumping up against everything and tapping the search button over and over again. If I hadn't read about that hint beforehand, I would have had to do that over every room of the entire mansion as I never would've known that's where they were hidden.




TWEETER911
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(10/8/05 5:03 pm)
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On the map with the "no entry maze" in Disgaea's last chapter. This map sucks. I think I'll go mess around in the item world or level up or....something else. Come back to this easy buy very annoying stage later. Mreh. Mreh.




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(10/8/05 6:19 pm)
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I was reading about the Nightmare Before Christmas videogame and I'm wanting to play it for the characters and music alone... even if the gameplay sounds a bit average.




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(10/8/05 6:25 pm)
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Made quite a bit of progress on RE0 on Normal. I've just gained access to the basement behind Marcus's painting.

BTW, I've discovered that the cheats I unlocked by beating the Leech Hunter game only apply to replaying the game on that same file. That means I can only use the unlimited ammo on the Easy mode, which isn't necessary for me to do since I already beat it (although it will make taking screen captures easier for the review.)

It's odd because I could've sworn this one FAQ said that you should unlock the unlimited ammo cheat before you even think about doing the Hard Mode. I guess I read it wrong. I think what it actually meant is that you should unlock the unlimited ammo cheat by beating the Hard Mode, then beating the Leech Hunter game on the Hard Mode file, before attempting to S-Rank the Hard Mode.

I'm probably not going to bother trying to S-Rank the Normal and Hard modes (you don't get ranked on Easy). I think you just unlock some extra weapons, but what good do they do if you've already beaten the game?




pOrn Sigma
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(10/8/05 6:58 pm)
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Quote: I was reading about the Nightmare Before Christmas videogame and I'm wanting to play it for the characters and music alone... even if the gameplay sounds a bit average.

Ditto, but I haven't heard the gameplay was really average.

I got to Deck... 13 or 14 in Higemaru. Still don't know how many decks this has altogether.

I also played Section Z and beat it. Enjoyable. One of the artworks shows a "prototype" for the astronaut that's just creepy.

I finally got 70,000 points in Commando. Actually, it was something like 88,000. I increased the lives to five, but wound up getting 70,000 before I would have run out of lives if I just left it at 3. Then I got lazy with the last two or something. Boy, those tips were worthless. There were two, and they were both up there with the "Thank you for using Physics" or "Use sunlight! It's free and doesn't pollute!" comments. You have to score 70,000 in Section Z to unlock the tips, but I don't think I'll be terribly heartbroken if I never score that much. I'm sure there'd be two, and one of them would be "Use the bombs!", which is stupid because the astronaut automatically lobs them as you fire your gun.




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(10/8/05 8:16 pm)
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I just watched a video of Nightmare in action. It plays "This is Halloween" during battles, with vocals. And I think all the original cast is doing the voices. I'm playing it somehow, and soon. :)




TWEETER911
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(10/8/05 8:20 pm)
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Upped a Vile Brilliance spear 10 lvs, slapped some gladiators and coaches on it, and now Etna's my second strongest character. She's nowhere near as good as Laharl of course. Laharl's a beeaast.




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I archived another Game Progress Topic tonight. That giant "Director's Cut" one.

I wanted to mention that I tried a full size Xbox controller for the first time at a store display, and it seemed fine for my hands. The only controller that's ever really caused me pain and annoyance was the Dreamcast one.

I reached chapter 3 in Trace Memory and I'm interested in the story again.

Trying to decide how to best go about playing Nightmare. I must have it!




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(10/8/05 10:19 pm)
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I made it to where you lose Billy for awhile in RE0, but I forgot that a Leech Zombie appears right after that. I made the mistake of not giving any of Billy's Molotov cocktails to Rebecca, and I got clobbered by the Leech Zombie without them.

I just made a save before that part, so I'll try again tomorrow sometime.




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(10/9/05 1:22 am)
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Final Fantasy VII (read-through): Things are picking up. I just read about getting the materia from Yuffie. I'm still somewhat digesting everything I've read, but the game's picked up a little from its questionable beginning.

The one downside to this way of doing things is that I'm at the mercy of the writer. There were a lot of directions the dialog could have gone based on player decisions, but I only get this one path.

I still don't regret making this decision, though. It sounds like there are a lot of "point of no return" moments where you can't get to an inn or store of any kind. Those are my least favorite parts of an RPG - you either continue without saving and have to redo everything up to that point, or save and pray that you're well equipped for what's to come.




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Reached chapter 4 of Trace Memory. Playing for 4 hours, 45 minutes. Didn't get stuck at all on chapter 3, but I did have fun solving the puzzles. I think the whole game is really good, but I don't play many of this type, and I suppose those who do could find it too easy...




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I finished Trace Memory!!

7 hours, 16 minutes total. I played a lot tonight!
The cool thing is that I got the best ending on my first try. Being thorough paid off, I guess!

I already mentioned checking a guide for something trivial earlier in the game. Well, I had to cheat just one more time after that, even though cheating didn't help much.

There was a puzzle where you're supposed to overlay one image on another to find a hidden code number. I figured this was what you had to do, but couldn't make it work right. You just had to be very precise, and even when you do it perfectly, the number is almost impossible to see. You almost have to know it's there before you can pick up on it.

The last chapter of the game was all story and no puzzles, but that part was still good. I was wrong on what I figured the conclusion to the game would be. The ending itself I really liked. It was a happy one, it tied everything up, and made you feel good about completing the game.

My best DS experience so far.




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Quote: I just watched a video of Nightmare in action. It plays "This is Halloween" during battles, with vocals. And I think all the original cast is doing the voices. I'm playing it somehow, and soon.

I already knew about the original VAs being back, but not about the battle music. Friggin' sweet.

It comes out tomorrow (or maybe it just ships then. Either way, it'll be out within this week), but I'll be down in Socorro by then, and will have to wait until Friday. :(

I played and beat 1943, but I didn't unlock the Art section. It says I have to play until I "get Hobi-Chan." What the hell does that mean?




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Finished off Nightshade on Normal last night. The last few stages weren't as much of a hassle as the first time I played them. On the waterfall part in stage 11 (just imagine the waterfall part of Shinobi's 7-A about 6 times as long and on both sides, going around bends) I just skipped the enemies instead of trying to kill them. (Because the freaking targeting WIGS OUT hardocre on that part, for whatever reason.) I still had something like 20 game overs for the stage, but nothing like the 72 or whatever I had last time. The tree part of stage 12 wasn't that bad either. I did forget how to beat the final boss, though. But once I figured it out it wasn't that hard.




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One final Nightmare Before Christmas comment. It seems that they've taken most or all of the songs from the movie and given them new lyrics to fit the game's storyline. According to a reviewer, "Making Christmas" becomes "Take Our Town Back". One thing that seemed like it might get annoying that I saw in the video and mentioned in reviews is that Jack yells "Soul Robber!" with almost every attack... 'cause that's the weapon he uses.




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(10/9/05 4:26 pm)
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At "Vulcanus the peacebringer" as he calls himself...aka second to last story fight in Disgaea. I know I can take him (Laharl could probly clear the map by himself) but I feel like leveling up..... :3




TWEETER911
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(10/9/05 8:31 pm)
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BWAHAHAHHAHA.
I just leveled a neglected character from 19 to 52. Triple EXP bill kicks sooo much ass. Too bad it only works on the first enemy you kill. :(




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Did a little more Secret of Mana tonight. Got the sprite's weapon skills to their current maximums, and went to the haunted forest. Fought the werewolves... super easy at this level, and the girl joined. I've been leveling up her weapon skills, but I'm not finished yet.




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Back to gaming.

I picked back up my Ninja Gaiden X replay. I beat the fire dragon boss.

I finally finished powering up the wooden sword, turning it into the Unlabored Flawlessness. I used that sword to beat the 3 giant purple zombie creatures near the bridge. That got me a resurrection scroll.

I went back to the ninja village, and found the Dark Dragon Blade!

Then I did the fiend realm challenge. After you beat all the one eyed "crab" monsters (and you can use Ninpo to help), there's no more challenge from the rest of the monsters.

That got me a Lives of the Thousand Gods.

I might leave it at that for tonight.




TWEETER911
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(10/9/05 9:57 pm)
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Leveled up the neglected character some more, then did my first Transmigration of this playtrhough on them. Promptly passed another triple exp bill (by force), and now they're 60+.
....
I'm going to start transmigrating people now, I guess. Most players wait till later levels...but I'm sick of looking of my characters in bottom tier colors.




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(10/9/05 10:47 pm)
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The last time I played through RE0, I didn't realize that once you beat the final boss's first form, you can leave the room and go back the way you came. I did that to refill my health and make another save before taking on the final boss.

But I didn't get a chance to fight the final boss tonight because I've decided that I'm going to try to train myself to get back into drawing and writing. I'm going to attempt writing and/or drawing every night from 9-11 pm.

Awhile ago I said I was trying to draw a picture of the McRaven family, but I just couldn't turn out anything. This time, I got something that's halfway presentable. It needs to be inked yet and I still don't have my new scanner hooked up, so I'll worry about that tomorrow.

A couple of things: I redesigned Image Arcane a bit. I realized when I was posting with that ezboard name that the sprite version's pants and shoes were really, really weird. I gave her pants and shoes similar to the ones Tomi wears. Now she looks more like an explorer. I changed her hair a bit, too.

The hardest part of the whole drawing was having Cory's tiny little hand clasping Nucleo's mammoth paw. I kept having to draw both hands separately while also looking at my own hand. It still doesn't look perfect, but for now I'm satisfied with it.




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FO hasn't mentioned some of the more ridiculous lines from that game, so I will.

Rebecca's first line was something like, "It all started as something as simple as an investigation into a bizarre series of murders..." Yeah, simple.

The opening narration was pretty bad. It was something like,

Racoon City...
Rockford Island...
The city that became the NEXT Racoon City...




TWEETER911
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(10/9/05 11:14 pm)
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That makes little sense....




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I laughed out loud at those.




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FF7 Read-through: I just finished Disc 1.

...Wow. I suppose I could see where some people were taken off-guard by what happened. I have to say, though, Cloud's "secret" was a little silly. It DOES explain why he's such a dry character.

A lot of this plot seems like it was written by a 8th grader. When I've heard summaries by other people online, I didn't think that their summaries were taken almost verbatim from the game. Cait Sith's confession, for example, was spoiled for me a while back, and the actual dialog was too... Straight-forward? Undisguised? Boring?

Cait Sith: "No, I gave the Shinra the Keystone because... they were suing me for fraud as a psychic!"

Cloud: "..."

Aeris: "...Okay. Come on, Cloud! Let's go on the Ferris Wheel and conclude our conveniently-timed date!"

Oh yeah, and speaking of which. Don't a lot of movies have the love interest characters having sex right before one of them dies? This was such a PG-rated ripoff for a trite story device. That's not to say that sex would have been a good idea; it would have ruined Aeris's "purity" that she had going for the whole game. It's also a hell of a lot better than dressing the guy up as a girl, which they did on their first "date." I just kinda wish the would have had something a little more subtle.

I still hold to my statement, which I like re-stating each time I do this update: I don't regret doing this.

Although, I do admit that my analysis is a tad unfair given how "broken" a lot of the dialog is without any visual aid.




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(10/10/05 5:45 am)
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Another thing about RE0's final boss:

There's no real structure or build-up to him. You're just progressing through rooms as normal until you suddenly end up in the final room with him. I had no idea it was even coming until it did.

Unlike, say, Maniac Mansion where you're probably going to find that locked door to the Secret Lab early on. So you know the entire game is a buildup to finding the keys to unlocking that door. Or how in Shadowgate, you'll probably arrive at the final boss's door before you'll figure out exactly how to open it, even though you got the "Five to find, three are one..." clue very early in the game. Also, the puzzle for beating Shadowgate's final boss is probably the hardest one in the game to figure out.

I just remembered another glitch in Maniac Mansion. After you've played the game awhile, Dr. Fred will periodically switch the power off, then turn it back on after awhile. If Dr. Fred turns the power off while you've got the circuit breaker turned off, even after you switch the circuit breaker back on the alarm warning will keep going. It'll even keep going after Dr. Fred turns the power back on and the mansion eventually explodes.

Because of that glicth, I never turn the circuit breaker off. I just wait for Dr. Fred to shut off the power to do what I have to do while there's no power.




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I've been replaying Castlevania 3 and I'm up to the final stage with Alucard as my helper. I've actually never beaten this game with anyone but Grant.

Quote: Because of that glicth, I never turn the circuit breaker off. I just wait for Dr. Fred to shut off the power to do what I have to do while there's no power.


The very first time I ever played that game, that very same thing happened to me and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong since I thought I was following Nintendo Power's instructions very carefully. But they were wrong about a lot of things for that game. For one thing, you don't need Bernard to fix the wiring, anyone can do it. If at least Dave couldn't do it, there'd be no way to finish the game if you didn't choose Bernard (unless you use the "11111" trick.)




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For some reason I was never able to fix the wiring. I turned off the power, I had the flashlight, I'm sure I turned it on, then Bernard wouldn't anything. I just put 0000 into the door every time.




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If a little white rectangle doesn't follow your "mouse" pointer around the screen after turning on the flashlight (when it's dark in the house), then you don't have the right battery in it. Also, be sure to have the tools from the Weird Edsel's trunk.

I usually use Dave to do that part.




Captain Ladd Spencer
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(10/10/05 3:53 pm)
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Yeah, I got the tools, but I never did get the batteries from the radio in the pool.




CLOUDBOND007
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I wanted to get Nightmare Before Christmas, so I decided to reactivate Gamefly for a month or two (and probably stop Netflix for a while).

I tried reactivating my old account, but nothing happened... it just took me back to the main page of the site over and over. So I decided to register again with a new e-mail address. In doing so, I ended up getting the new member rate and a free magazine subscription to OXM for joining.

Hey, it's not my fault, if the site worked, I'd be getting nothing but the games.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow has shipped, and Nightmare Before Christmas is in the process of shipping.




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Rebeat Disgaea...again. Murdered the Seraph this time.
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I forgot how bloody powerful Master Lamington is compared to Vulcanus. Laharl could have easily wiped Vulcanus's stage by himself. Vualcanus's minions were doing 0 damage to him, and Vulcanus himself wasn't that strong either. But Master Lamington, the Seraph, had stats either equal or superior to Laharl's. I killed his 4 or 5 stooges first, then used whoever he hadn't taken out already and ganged the hell up on him. Wiped him out in a few rounds. x]

Got the BLAH...I mean mediocre...I mean..."normal" ending... cuz of a few..."accidents". I could probly breeze through the early stages and get back to the end in a little while, due to new game +, and get the good ending.




SnuggleJammies
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(10/10/05 8:38 pm)
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I beat Resident Evil 0 on Normal! Now, if I want I can replay the Normal mode with Billy in a dinner jacket and Rebecca in a cowboy costume!

The final boss was just as easy as it was the last time. In fact, I think it was even easier since I knew what to do, I lured it away from Rebecca right away.

I didn't remember there was a save point just past the final boss's first form. I guess it didn't really hurt to backtrack anyway since I picked up some more healing items.

Damn giant frog would sometimes jump out of the water and pester me when I was crossing the dam.




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Posted the previous progress topic. All caught up.

Nightmare Before Christmas is in fact all set and designated as shipped. I got the Xbox version, as always.

Now what... either a Movielink rental or some more Secret of Mana, I guess.




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I haven't decided yet if I'm going to attempt the Hard Mode of RE0. I'll probably give it a try, but I don't know if I'll stick with it to the end. I might have to be even more tight with conserving my ammo and healing items this time...

The hardest part of RE0 on normal was fighting the Proto-Tyrant boss with Rebecca alone. There's a part where she has to fight one of those things in a small room without Billy to help her, and it's damn near impossible to keep from taking hits from it. And Rebecca takes so few hits before she dies. You can stagger it if you time your shots right, but that only seems to work so many times in a row before it leaps onto you.




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Made some actual progress in Secret of Mana.

After leveling the girl's weapon skills to the current maximum, I went through the forest to the witch's castle. It was all pretty easy since my levels are unusually high, but good fun.

Spikey Tiger (Tigers don't need spikes, they're dangerous enough!) was more challenging than expected, but he didn't kill any of my characters.

I saved right after that. I rented, but haven't watched, the movie Downfall.

Edit: No, wait, I'm wrong, Spikey did kill the sprite once when I wasn't paying attention to the HP's.




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Didn't have time to watch more than about 25 minutes, but Downfall is extremely interesting so far. First time I've watched a movie with subtitles in a while, but I got used to it almost immediately. I think it would probably be less effective dubbed in English.

It was pretty expensive to rent, so I'm glad it's turned out okay.




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Hard Mode on the original Resident Evil was almost impossible.

Finished Donkey Kong Country, but only got about 65% of the hidden bonus rooms. Funny thing is, I found that really, really cheap one because I had its location spoiled for me a long time ago (the one you have to find within another bonus game.)

I also finished Metal Gear Solid 3 and replaying half of MGS2. Didn't like 2 as much as 1 and 3, but who does?




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I finished watching Downfall. Excellent film, I'd highly recommend seeing it.




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Oh my, this is just mean. They've just put Downfall up for rental at a one day sale price of 99 cents. I paid more than $4! Dammit, I couldn't have waited just one more day... but what are the odds of something like that?

Anyway, I think I've come to realize that I'm hopelessly addicted to Gamefly. As much as I might feel disgusted with gaming from time to time, the desire to play new things is always there. I've cancelled it twice, but in both cases, that didn't last long.

Inevitably, I decide that a fee of $20 to play through two or more games is a better decision than paying $40 to $50 for just one, with the only benefit that I can play it again some other time if I get desperately bored, and have a case to look at.

It certainly does contribute to my not finishing many games. But if you aren't a serious reviewer, what's the point of finishing a game you aren't having a lot of fun with, anyway?




Brigade Delbrack
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(10/12/05 12:00 pm)
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I'm at the Giygas battle in EarthBound, but I lost in the third phase.

I also replayed Metroid and it turns out I've forgotten a lot of things about this game. I currently have the wave beam and I'm ready to take on Kraid's lair. I always destroy Ridley first.




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Hmm, I usually just avoid the wave beam, as I'm going to need the ice beam for the final area anyway.

I started playing Final Fantasy 7 again, I'm up to the point where I can go to rocket town to get the last large materia, but right now I'm working on chocobo raising and getting limit breaks.




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(10/12/05 3:43 pm)
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Wave Beam blows through those enemies in Ridley's Hideout rather well. I'd wait to finish that area first before getting the ice beam, although I probably wouldn't bother with it until the very end.


I still can't beat the final boss of Final Fantasy 5. Think I might play something else for awhile, but I'm not sure what.




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I played some of Myst today. I saw the message to Catherine and managed to figure out how to proceed all by myself. I wasn't quite on the right track, but close enough to it that I got the info I needed.

Anyways, I guess I've now reached the mechanical age. There's some nifty things here. I figured out how to access an elevator of some sort, but I don't see the point of it at the moment.

The only thing I had to get help on... so far... was how to enter the number into the viewer to see the message from Atrus. The button to enter the code was pretty well hidden, and I had no idea what I was even looking for. I wanted to at least start the game before getting totally stuck. :)

I'll try to be good from now on. Now that I've gotten used to my DVD drive firing up every other second, I'm having a good time playing. The visuals still look nice today... and since this is my first time playing, that's not nostalgia! Guess there's advantages to using slightly interactive images as opposed to a fully 3D world.




Minerva K Red
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I decided to play Castlevania 3 as I think that's one of most popular and highly-praised Castlevania games around here. I beat the first stage (easy), and I chose to go to the Clock Tower. I beat Grant and got him to join, then I continued through the forest. I beat the Cyclops boss, but decided against recruiting Syfa because I like Grant's jumping and climbing abilites.

I'm at the pirate ghost ship now, but this stage is getting really tough.




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I've started Nightmare Before Christmas. I actually lost the first battle with... well, I'll name him Shadow Oogie. I think I read that this is a modified Devil May Cry engine they're using here. Fighting seems acceptable so far, if not amazing. I know what I was doing wrong, so I'm going to go do that fight again.

The visuals, voices, and music... very cool so far. It really maintains the feel of the movie.

I also tried Dawn of Sorrow for about 5 minutes, and the visuals are really impressive. Having the map always on seems awfully convenient, too.




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I played some more Dawn of Sorrow. It feels very much like Aria so far, but the graphics are definitely more detailed. I beat a boss and had to seal it away using the touch screen. What sealing away bosses in this game means is basically... oh shit, what did I do with the stylus, here it is, gotta hurry and draw some lines! Ah, just in time. Or you can just jab at it with your finger and do a smudgy good job. Totally unecessary addition to the game, only there to make use of a DS-only feature. Still, at least the game itself seems fun.

In Nightmare Before Christmas, I beat Shadow Oogie and started the next level. Well, it's not really that new... so far, anyway, you're basically in Halloween Town under Oogie's control. Most of it is locked off, and I assume you gain access to more and more areas as time goes buy. I also expect to be visting Christmas town sooner or later and maybe other holidays.

I found that you have access to some neat stuff in Jack's house, including the songs you've heard, statues of characters that you can zoom in on and rotate, movie clips, etc.




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I cleared about four chapters of Nightmare Before Christmas. The gameplay honestly is pretty dull so far. If you aren't interested in the characters, music, and setting, there's no paticular reason to want to play this... at least from what I've seen so far. The combat is pretty plain and repetitive with limited moves, which isn't too much of a problem by itself. But you also have stupid objectives frequently... like what amounts to a hide and seek game in a graveyard. It took way too long to complete, and it sounds like the next mission is along very similar lines.

It's very cool having the familiar songs with new lyrics and the continuation of the movie's storyline... the presentation is better than you'd expect from something like this. And so I have no regrets about renting the game at this point.




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I haven't played much in the past few months although I did manage to finish Circle of the Moon before the batteries in my GBA died.




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I just beat the Julius Mode in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, meaning I've pretty much done everything there is to do in the game. The Julius Mode in this game is the best Castlevania bonus mode yet... It's a nice little tribute to Castlevania III (You get to switch between Julius Belmont, Alucard, and Yoko Belnades, similarly to the partner system in Dracula's Curse. If only they'd found a way to work a version of Grant into that.), and if they kept the bosses and plugged them into more action oriented level designs, it probably could've been a great action Castlevania.




pOrn Sigma
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A bit of a long shot, but maybe Hammer? But then again, I can't imagine him climbing walls.




Facilitypro
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(10/14/05 11:31 pm)
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I haven't been talking about Nightshade because it hasn't been worth talking about.

Played Normal to unlock Hotsuma.
Played Easy to unlock Hisui (Hisooooee)
Up to stage 4 of Hard now, but I'm sick of it. I'm close to getting my 88th rank (which unlocks Joe).

Barf.

I played a few capcpm classics games. Finished Section Z and Final Fight. I like Ghosts n Goblins, but the controls still suck as bad as the NES version.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I think the *graphics* for G'n'G, though, are a major improvement over the NES.

(or that the graphics in the NES version are a major step down, since that version came later)




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I took my car to Midas this morning for an oil change and tire rotation. While I was wating, I was thumbing through some issues of Newsweek and saw something in the October 17th edition I would've never expected to see. Somewhere around page E20 was an article about how game companies are trying to make games that appeal more to women gamers. It wasn't the article itself that was any surprise. It's the picture that went with the article.

It was a picture of some people playing a PS2, at what looked like one of those expo shows in Japan. Next to them, on the floor, was a large cardboard cutout stand of Kharg from Arc the Lad 4! That image of Kharg dominates that page.




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(10/15/05 2:50 pm)
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I've been playing Lost in Blue for the past week, I've now made the best beds, made a shelf, have access to all the tools, figured out how to trap a deer, and I'm halfway on my way to making a raft to cross a volcanic lake to explore the rest of the island.




TWEETER911
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Quote: A bit of a long shot, but maybe Hammer? But then again, I can't imagine him climbing walls.


Never seen those ads for the army where those guys are rockclimbing? Or iss that the mariness....




pOrn Sigma
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Yeah, that's the Marines. And it's only one guy.

But still, I didn't about remember that at the time. Hammer = Grant just made a little more sense.




TWEETER911
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Navy>Marines>Army.
>_>
<_<




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I haven't played any more of Nightmare Before Christmas, but I have made some progress in Dawn of Sorrow.

It doesn't seem as enjoyable as Aria at this point, but it's good enough to pass the time, and the graphics are really nice. Maybe it's just that the area I've been exploring lately isn't that thrilling. Can't recall it's exact title, but it's a garden theme with plant enemies and stuff. I feel like I have a little more freedom to explore the castle than in Aria, but maybe I'm remembering that game being more linear than it was.

I would post my level and percentage, but I don't recall what they are. I'd guess around 13% of the map uncovered. I'm using an Axe as a weapon... I just upgraded it to a more powerful version. It's slow to swing, but quite powerful. I also like using an enemy attack I aquired that lets you toss bombs at things for about 3 to 4 times normal damage.

There was another example of meaningless touch screen useage, where you have to poke at the screen to destroy blocks that are in your way.

EDIT: I did just clear Chapter 5 of Nightmare Before Christmas. Chapters 4 and 5 were really pretty dull... for the most part, anyway. Chapter 5's boss fight (a giant spider) had a new song remix that I liked, and the boss itself was more fun than the actual stages were.




TWEETER911
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(10/16/05 2:19 am)
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Found an item in Devil Kings that plays the DMC music "Lock and Load" instead of normal stage music. In Sengoku Basara, this item played the Japanese song "Crosswise"...




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I just kept playing Nightmare Before Christmas. I'm stopping for now at Chapter 9. Each individual chapter isn't all that long, but this is looking to be a longer game than you might expect.

Just fought a weird battle with Finklestien and heard what I think was the first song that's not a variation on something from the movie.




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Quote: but maybe I'm remembering that game being more linear than it was.

I'd say Aria of Sorrow was non-linear along the lines of the first Blaster Master's "find a powerup, figure out where to use it". The world in AoS is smaller, and you don't have to also search for the boss. I can imagine somebody getting totally lost in Blaster Master's massive world, but I have this mental map of the game permanently burned into my head... though the sewer maze still gives me some trouble to this day. I'd say Aria of Sorrow gave me only a little more searching trouble as Blaster Master does.

Which is good, because one of the many, many, MANY things that killed HoD for me was having to fuck through the shittily designed castle about five times to figure out where I needed to go each time I got a powerup.




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I don't know what to do about games right now. I really don't want to start a new game; the thought almost fills me with dread. So, that leaves either replaying finished games, or going back to games I started but didn't finish.

I did replay some stages of Shinobi, to regain my familiarity with the controls.




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I'm working on the next two chapter of Suito Homu. There's a lot of things I never noticed when I first watched the movie.

For example, in the projector scene, I never noticed the face appearing in the burning picture.

In the chapter with the baby, I never noticed the bottle of whiskey sitting next to Taguchi as he's sitting up against the wall.

In the Yamamura chapter, I never noticed him smoking while filling up the gasoline barrels.

In a chapter I'm working on, I never noticed Taguchi sneeking a peek at Asuka's breasts.




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I'm probably going to try to get back into game playing tonight. I was on the fence about playing Resident Evil 0 on Hard because I beat it twice in a row (Easy and Normal), plus a third time if you count the Leech Hunter minigame. I looked at some FAQs that were written specifically for the Hard mode, and most of them say you have to run from enemies whenever and wherever possible. Honestly, that just doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun. Maybe I'd find it more acceptable if the controls for this game were better, but even after all this time playing it, I still have trouble running in straight lines and turning around.

But I guess there's no harm in at least giving the Hard Mode a try. If I don't like it, I can just quit and write my review based on the Easy and Normal modes.




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Well, I just made it to the basement in RE0 on Hard Mode. I'm a little low on ammo, but otherwise doing okay.

Found a really good way of conserving handgun ammo. Use the Hunting Gun (the one you found on the train) and aim downward when a Zombie gets close. Fire and it should blow off one of his legs. This makes the zombie fall and it can't get back up again. Now you can finish it off with the knife easily.

Also, there's a safe spot in the room with the Centipede boss, just at the top of the stairs.




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If you use a shotgun weapon and aim up at close range you can blow their heads off too.




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The last time I played Nightmare Before Christmas, I was in the middle of Chapter 16 (out of 24 total). Probably around 7 or 8 hours of play.

This game is definitely one I would have to recommend to fans of the movie only. I think there's definitely enough content for them to have a lot of fun playing. But someone going into it just for the gameplay would probably find it very lacking most of the time.

At the following website, one can find previews of and lyrics for the more important songs in the game:
http://www.nightmarebeforechristmas.net/oogiesrevenge/gamemusic

I find it interesting about how all of the reviews mentioned that "This is Halloween" played during each battle. They found it annoying, sure. But I haven't seen anyone comment on the fact that the game eventually starts playing "Take Our Town Back (new version of "Making Christmas") instead. Maybe nobody even bothered to play it for that long, who knows.

The chapters have been getting a little more complex lately... sometimes they're straightforward action stages, but there are more annoying ones where you have to find things or get through mazes. I have mixed feelings about the level I'm on now.

You're basically in Oogie's domain... there's lava everwhere, traps of all sorts. It's pretty interesting to navigate. Problem is that if you slip and fall in the lava after 20 minutes of exploration, guess where you start again? Yeah, the very beginning of the stage.

I'm not really fond of the controls. They just don't seem precise enough for any kind of delicate platforming (which thankfully there isn't a lot of). I can't remember how Devil May Cry felt to play in comparison, but I somehow imagine it was better.

Attacking enemies is still fairly boring. Your basic attacks never lose any effectiveness, and you stop learning new moves of consequence pretty early. Eventually, you get new forms (Pumpkin King, Santa Jack) but those are generally for getting past specific situations and enemies rather than forms you can use on a regular basis.

So yeah, it's really all about the setting, characters, voice acting, and music. If you're into those, you'll probably find the game worth playing, at least to rent. I think big fans of the movie should at least try the game for a little while, since for brief moments here and there, it feels like an actual movie sequel.




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Quote: If you use a shotgun weapon and aim up at close range you can blow their heads off too.


I'll give that a try, but it seems like every time I aim upwards, I end up shooting past them.

BTW, I've gotta Rebecca all the way this far into the game with only taking a little bit of damage once so far (from a zombie that grabbed her leg.)

I'm mostly worried about the part where she has to fight the Proto-Tyrant alone...but I've got a ways to go before I get there.




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Quote: BTW, I've gotta Rebecca all the way...


Hey. FO's talking like Mario. 0o




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Meant to say "gotten". When I'm at work, even though I'm on break when I post here, I don't like people looking over my shoulder at what I'm doing. So every time I hear someone walk by, I minimize the page until they leave. Because I often have to do that several times per break, it's easy to miss typos. That, and I don't really have time to proofread my posts.




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Well, with the shotgun thing, you have to be very close, as in they are about to start lunging at you, takes a bit of timing, but I think it might be better than taking out their legs and kniging them if you're in a crowded room.

I beat Fatal Frame 2:D irector's cut, for the XBOX. The ending is a real downer, but the ending theme song isn't half bad. Another thing though is that you will stop finding spirit orbs (they give slots in your camera to spend points on) but you'll be getting experience out the wazoo, which is good because at the end you get a store where you can buy things like abilities, costumes, special features or items, using your experience points.

I also finally got a job today, I'm a happy employee of McDonalds now. I know it's cliche but minimum wage should be enough to get me through community college, and even probably through DigiPen if I get in plenty of scholarships.




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In my ever so humble opinion, when considering low paying entry level jobs to have while working towards college, I think pizza delivery is better than McDonalds. You at least get tips doing that, the customers are in a better mood (they've been waiting at home rather than in a line), when you're in your car you have some brief time to yourself, etc.

Well, I did pizza delivery for a while in the country, and the tips were okay. I'm not sure how they'd be in the city, especially near a college campus (would the college kids know how to tip?) Anyone else have any insight into this? (FacilityPro?)


I also worked at Fed Ex as a package loader for a while, which I thought was a decent college job, though I had to be physically able to work from 3:30 am to the morning, then go straight to my morning lab classes. The pay rate is also much better than McDonalds, probably at least 2x as much per hour if not more.

I guess if you become a manager at McDonalds, it's possible to get a couple of extra dollars per hour.




ShadOtterdan
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(10/19/05 10:13 pm)
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Ah, but you see I could never get my parents to teach me to drive, neither could they afford to pay for driver's ed for me and my twin brother, so instead of playing favorites, neither of us learned to drive. So pizza delivery person is out. Although just because I have a job now doesn't mean that I'll stop looking. I'll just be looking a lot less harder.




Prince Maru
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(10/19/05 10:34 pm)
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I have a feeling that I'll have to be the one to take my brother out to practice driving, though he won't be able to use my car during any actual licence test.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/19/05 10:35 pm)
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...and that was me, posting with the wrong name.




Kairobi King
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(10/20/05 11:17 am)
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I had to learn to drive from my friends. (My parents are never around.) I was actually driving before I even had a learner's permit.




ShadOtterdan
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(10/20/05 10:14 pm)
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I finally beat Final Fantasy 7. The last boss (not the automatic win one) was kinda easy, I don't think he got a single hit in, and does anyone know if there's any reason at all for safer sephiroth? Other games at least give some half assed explanation, but he just suddenly turns into a fallen angel for some reason. I liked the ending though, it's a lot like something out of an action movie.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/20/05 11:09 pm)
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My mother wouldn't let me practice driving with her car (for no good reason), so I had to use my grandmother's car.

We don't have parallel parking on our driving exams, so the hardest part was the maneuverability challenge.

Four cones were set up at the corners of where a car would fit, with two other cones a bit before and after that rectangle, along one of its lines of symmetry.

You'd have to drive into the rectangle from an angle (so you'd miss the first cone), then past it and next to the forward cone. Then you'd have to back up the other way and enter the rectangle again. Then you'd drive out and be done.


So, I practiced in a parking lot with some milk jugs set up where the cones would be. I was only successful about 50% of the time. So, when the really test finally came, I had even odds to pass or fail. It turns out that I passed with a perfect score on my first try.


And google searching "maneuverability" turns up Ohio's maneuverability test as the first result. They only show 5 cones, though, so either my memory is bad or they changed it.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
Jushin Lyger AND Mr. Pogo,
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(10/21/05 12:04 am)
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Overlord! Overlord! OVERLORD!
>_>
<_<




CLOUDBOND007
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I eventually reached Chapter 19 of Nightmare but decided not to play through it. Most will say I'm overreacting, but I feel like it made the game no fun at all.




Kairobi King
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(10/21/05 11:03 am)
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Heh. I forgot to post my actual game progress yesterday. Well, I've been playing Crystalis and I reached the town of Shyron. I think I'm going to level up to 16 so I won't have to worry about level-building from this point on anymore.




CLOUDBOND007
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I forgot to mention that I've been reading Amber and Ashes, the new Dragonlance book that I bought a while back. If my memory is at all accurate, it doesn't seem as well written as the older novels, but certainly enjoyable to see something taking place in that universe again. I also got a new Star Trek ebook "Wounded Sky". It's an original series novel and seems to be far better than these paperback ones usually are. I also discovered a couple of ebooks that I purchased a long time ago and downloaded, but went unread, so I'll be looking at those eventually.

I guess I'm going to send Nightmare Before Christmas back now and see what else is available (I'm committed for 2 months, remember). If I have time, I'll play some more Dawn of Sorrow this week, but don't count on it.

I really have to pick just one thing to do, but I've been feeling like watching some of my DVD's for a while now. Something Star Trek or LOTR maybe.




CRAWLand1000
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I don't think I've ever made it to level 16 in Crystalis before the cave that leads to the pyramids at the end of the game.




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I got to Lv.16 at some fortress. I think you were supposed to refight those four guardian-ish people in there, but my memory on Crystalis is absolutely terrible.




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I once leveled up to 16 in Crystalis by fighting a couple of bouncing treasure chests over and over again. I probably wouldn't do that again but at least it saved me from ever getting to a boss and not being able to damage it.

Made it as far as the dojo in TMNT2. Stupid tigers!




CLOUDBOND007
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I haven't played anything, but I've made progress with both novels. I'm about 3/4 of the way through Wounded Sky, and while it's not as good as I thought it might be at first, it's still a pretty decent Star Trek story. It does some things that very few others do though, like have everyone call the planet Terra instead of Earth. In this book, it's just the standard word everyone uses, not just the aliens (as is usually the case)... not once does somebody refer to it as Earth. The actual plot deals with some interesting, sometimes bizarre concepts, which I usually like. This story just seems to lack a certain something that I can't pinpoint yet.

The Dragonlance book, Amber and Ashes, I'm about halfway through. It's still pretty decent. It's made me want to re-read the earlier Dragonlance stuff, and to check out some of the ones I never really looked into. I won't be buying anything, but some of them should be at the library. This one is the first of a new trilogy, with the second part supposed to come out around February, I think.




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I'm still plugging away at Resident Evil 0 on the Hard Mode. I'm just at the part where you lower the observatory, but I don't want to do that until I retrieve my hookshot from the train area. Last night I tried doing that, but forgot to manually reload the shotgun and got killed by the flaming zombies. I bypassed those zombies earlier because my ammo was too low to fight them at the time. I was hoping they would burn up before I had to go back to them, but I guess that doesn't happen (although realistically it should because they're all on fire.)




CLOUDBOND007
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OMG, I played something.

Dawn of Sorrow:

Level 18, 22.8%, 1:35:40
Beat a Dracula candidate that mimicks your magic attacks.

Update: I beat some boss that makes bats fly at you, among other things. Rejoice for I can now double jump.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(10/23/05 3:09 pm)
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After I finished Ninja Gaiden X, I was really inspired to review it. I rather quickly wrote two paragraphs for it that I still really like.

Then I had some important school and work things to do, and the review got put aside. Two weeks later, I probably have time to work on it again.

But I no longer feel inspired. Poop.




SnuggleJammies
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(10/23/05 4:42 pm)
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Well, I lowered the observatory, but died shortly after beating the bat boss. I screwed myself over because I forgot to give Billy the molotov cocktails before hookshotting through the ceiling of the library, and there was a leech zombie up there that I couldn't beat.

However, it's not necessarily a bad thing. I think if I'm given another chance against the bat, I might have a better plan. I took the grenade launcher instead of my handgun ammo, but found out there are no grenades inside the church (I could've sworn there was on the easier settings.) Therefore, I was trying to be really careful with the shotgun ammo because that's all I really had, plus 15 bullets in my handgun. Now, I know to leave the grenade launcher behind for now and I think that will enable me to take less damage from the bat.

Also, I sent Rebecca back to get the two green herbs from the balcony. She got badly injured by the monkeys that are out there. But, even if I need to do that again, all I have to do this time is get just one of the green herbs, because there's a red herb behind the church. If I only have to get one green herb, I may be able to grab it and run back through the door without getting hit by the monkeys...

Alternately, I could send Billy out there to get the herbs before he fights the boss...




ShadOtterdan
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(10/24/05 6:36 pm)
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Well, I went to a convention on saturday, I picked up a book on drawing and a comic book, I also played some DDR, watched a little Advent Children, and got to see people in costumes playing dodgeball.

I've also been playing more Spiderman 2. I decided to stop working on side quests for now and get on with the story. I just dealt with Mysterio (who belts out the obligatory Zero Wing reference, as well as a reference to Evil Dead). I've also started on Final Fantasy 8, I haven't even gone to the fire cave though, I'm too busy working on my card collection to care.

Edit: I also got a new printer/scanner/fax machine/photo copier. Hopefully I'll upload some pictures after I get in some practice.




da dick
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(10/25/05 10:40 am)
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7th saga: that's it, r0m. i am deleting you and downloading FF VI or maybe V!!! (hmm... maybe i'll try out Shining Force, if i can find the english version)


earthbound: i'm going back thru that tunnel and back to twosen(whatever it's called) to return that bicycle, unload crap in my inventory, buy stuff, maybe train up paula w/o getting bored and then horny.

warriors of the eternal sun: train train train, explored azcan caves a bit. almost get wiped out. oh wait, i did get wiped out a couple of times. walk aaaalllll the way back to town. gonna train some more before i try those azcan caves again. why can't they make the majority of the important stuff happen in the overworld instead of the annoying dungeons?

the game:
lightning and thunder in the afternoon, but all i felt was a(rather strong) cool breeze which made me didn't wanna wake up. arrr... and i was suppose to wake up at 7am to go flip through the classifieds again for a crammy job. it was 2 something PM, lightning and thunder, roughly 0.2 secs apart(that means the lightning at about 200m away), continuously. but i still fell asleep. woke up 6pm. did the laundry, ate instant noodles, took a bath, write this bloggy.
erm... other things i was suppose(want) to do:
- search for the "science of discworld" trilogy of books at the nearest library, and if i can't find it there, then it's a islewide search, or i could stop being stingy and actually buy "darwin's watch" from that big olde MPH store that has a nice half a shelf full of terry pppwhatshisname
- hit on jailbait and see if they don't complain to their momees...na... stop downloading jap jailbait pics.
- hit myself. nope then that over a dozen times last week, and i still DON'T feel any better. my skull is getting thicker every year.
- search for pirated software-- Adobe PhotoShop & Acrobat. the versions that would work on my crappy PC anyways. and learn to use em on my own. shouldn't be too tough for me. just a chronic lack of motivation will probably bug me. guess i should also get Dreamweaver too. and make some website templates just for practice. it's been a lousy 2 years since my last PC died with Dreamweaver 3 installed on it. i should have burned some CDs of the progs i used back in school. back in school, i predicted i should have a CD-burner,broadband and (at least) a 2K per month job by now. lies lies lies. all my life i've been fed lies. nothing else more optimistic to do than to continue believing in them. esp since everyone complains about me being too depressing. (i got a hell lot more to complain about, but i'm gonna shut up now.)

(lack of)driving: i'm a reservist transport supervisor and i can't parallel park to save my life. then again, i never had much practice after i passed my military driving test. n i probably could never afford a car(w/o choking in debts), unless i move out of this country.ah... i still dream of perth.




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I've returned Nightmare Before Christmas and GF shipped Lunar Legend for GBA. I only got that because I can't afford the PS1 versions. My Gamefly subscription is good until late November, I think, but I'm not sure yet if I can renew it or not. I'd like to keep it for the holiday game releases I can't afford to buy outright... we'll see.

Not much else noteworthy. I was looking into getting the Annotated Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends, but can't afford it at this moment.

I watched about half of Star Trek V last night. I can't remember my list right now, and whether or not I said it was the worst Star Trek movie. But yeah, seeing it again, I think it is. It's not entirely bad, but...

Anyway, I'll either finish that tonight, read some more of something, or try to advance in Dawn of Sorrow.

On a different note...

Floodwater, you can stop RISING now! I do not care to be isolated here forever and ever.




ShadOtterdan
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(10/25/05 3:36 pm)
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Wow, another fan of the Dragonlance series.

I've nearly beaten Spiderman 2. The story is finished but there is a final chapter where I have to get 50000 hero points. I've been trying to get them by doing the side missions, but the requirements are starting to get too tough for me, I might just leave the game for now.




bjstrykes
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(10/25/05 3:43 pm)
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That's funny. I was playing The 7th Saga awhile ago and chose Kamil (sp?) as my main character. Then I reached a point where I had to fight one of the other chooseable main characters (think it was the demon guy), and I couldn't beat him.




Raistlin Mage
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(10/25/05 3:54 pm)
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Quote: Wow, another fan of the Dragonlance series.


Oh, yes.




da dick
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(10/25/05 4:32 pm)
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warriors of the eternal sun: google for WotES maps. found map. save valley , azcan cave, and azcan jungle maps. hmm... i think i still need more training!!!

aliens VS predator(SNES): this game feels like an arcade game. absolutely no options. just a silly cutscene of static images plus text and that's it. controls are simple enough.holding down X charges up the laser, though i hardly use it cause it seems to reduce my preddy's life, and most of the enemies are fast moving , and they all use melee weapons. i only met 1 pair of acid spitting aliens in lv2. Y is for punching or throwing any weapon you pick up. strangely, you cn't pick up heal potions and skulls(bonus points) while you're carrying a weapon. L1 & L2 lets you slide-attack left znd right respectively, and these are probably the most useful attack in the game . i couldn't figure out any combo, probably because there're none. all the aliens seem to be animated with just 2 or 3 frames... feels more like an arcade game which lost its budget. hmmm... infinite continues... that smells like a ported arcade game.

FF 3: oh. now i know what the background story is all about. oh, i can actually make my fire spell attack multiple enemies with L1/L2. damn. heh. took me 6 years to find out. i'm guessing the instructions for using sabin should be intelligable. oh well, off to find banon. after playing CT, i noticed the interface and the graphics for the buildings look a hell lot like CT's, but it bit more dated. were both games made with the same game engine, or did they just copy/recycle some sprites and features?




Vampyrus
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(10/26/05 11:23 am)
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I just finished about 3/4 of Valkyrie Profile, mostly in an effort to remind myself of how shitty this game is.




ShadOtterdan
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I got Dawn of Sorrow, I've beaten Dimitri, and I'm currently looking for the places that I can reach now that I have the double jump ability. I'm hoping to get the soul eater ring soon, as I will then be able to get souls much faster and level them up.

In Final Fantasy 8 I am just about to go to Timber, not much else to say on that though.




Agisuro
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(10/26/05 3:39 pm)
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Quote: I just finished about 3/4 of Valkyrie Profile, mostly in an effort to remind myself of how shitty this game is.


Exactly my thoughts on a recent playthrough of the NES Bomberman game. How this game managed to get sequels is beyond my comprehension, but at least they were better than this...




TaroSH
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(10/26/05 8:58 pm)
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Quote: That's funny. I was playing The 7th Saga awhile ago and chose Kamil (sp?) as my main character. Then I reached a point where I had to fight one of the other chooseable main characters (think it was the demon guy), and I couldn't beat him.

I never beat the fucking Red Pison. He kept killing me with one hit, and it was taking a shitload of EXP to levelup, and I had the best equipment.

(EDIT: Best equipment for that point in the game, I mean.)




Super Sexy Windcharger
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I don't remember the Red Pison. I'm not sure if I got that far or beyond it, but I also got stuck on one of the apprentice battles in that game. I beat the first one, but when it came to the second one, I gave up.

BTW, I may not have much to post in these topics for awhile. Until I finish the site clean-up, I'm not going to be playing games that much.

At this point, I'm not sure if I want to continue RE0 on Hard or not...I probably will, but my interest in the game is beginning to wane.




TaroSH
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(10/26/05 10:38 pm)
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The Red Pison was that demon with the whip. You actually fought him before as just Pison I think, but then he was "reborn" as the Red Pison or something. You fought the Red one shortly after getting the Wind Rune.




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In Dawn of Sorrow, I beat the other Dracula candidate. I can't remember his name, but he used fire attacks. Everything he did, three different attacks I think, were extremely easy to avoid. I'm sure it's possible to win that battle without taking a hit. The Dracula candidates are far easier than the regular bosses (which aren't that hard themselves) and so maybe that's just for story related reasons.

After beating him, I was able to get to a new part of the castle. There's a sliding tile puzzle there in the form of a map, and solving it in different ways apparently lets you into different areas.

I eventually ended up in an area themed around demonic toys. There was a piano puzzle somewhere that I didn't know how to solve yet, but I was still able to keep going and eventually reach another boss.

This one was interesting and a little trickier to beat. I generally just stood underneath it and attacked, but fairly frequently, it creates a puppet and slowly moves to place it in an iron maiden. If you don't destroy the puppet before that, you become the puppet and take a ton of damage from the device. As long as you don't let that happen, he's not that challenging.

Beating that boss got me the ability (I think) to toss a puppet somewhere, then switch places with it. To get into those areas you normally can't fit through, I guess.




Agisuro
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The only thing I remember now about The 7th Saga was getting stuck in about 3 spots, and all 3 times I got the answer from Nintendo Power's Counselor's Corner. That game was pretty damn crappy.

I finished a game of Super Mario All-Stars Lost Levels using Luigi and I made it to the 9th world because I didn't warp. Actually, I don't think I've ever warped in this game because I'd be afraid I'd end up at one of the reverse warps.




ShadOtterdan
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In dawn of sorrow I have gotten to the clock tower, although maybe I should have gone to the subterrainian hell first. The bosses there were hard, especially this wierd lizard looking thing that shoots a giant laser, that thing is practically impossible to avoid and took off most of my health. There was also this other boss that can control time, but didn't seem to affect me.




Oh Sassparilla
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(10/27/05 3:40 pm)
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Quote: this wierd lizard looking thing that shoots a giant laser


Sounds like Garamoth is back again.


I just got Dawn of Sorrow, but I haven't put any time into it yet.




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Quote: The bosses there were hard, especially this wierd lizard looking thing that shoots a giant laser, that thing is practically impossible to avoid and took off most of my health.


I reached that evil thing and couldn't beat it. I tried using the Devil soul to increase my attack power, and still couldn't get it done. So I left and went to Subterranean Hell instead. I wasn't aware there was another area I could go to in the first place, so I was happy to find it.

I fought a boss at the beginning of that area, which I beat in fairly clumsy fashion, gaining the ability to move underwater. I've been exploring there ever since... it's quite a large place, but the enemies aren't too terribly hard.

I wonder if I should be using other weapons more often. The axe I've got now is really powerful, just slow.

I've been having a lot of fun with this. If I still have Gamefly, I'm going to try to play CotM, replay Aria, consider playing HoD, and when I have money, track down SotN on ebay or something.




TWEETER911
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(10/27/05 9:37 pm)
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"There was also this other boss that can control time, but didn't seem to affect me."
TOKI WO TOMARE!
ZA WAARUDO!
.........
*nothing happens*
.....
:(
Wryyyyyyyyyy?!?




CLOUDBOND007
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I beat that lizard boss. Expensive potions, I will miss you. I got a laser beam attack soul, now. Just gotta figure out what I can do with it.




TWEETER911
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(10/27/05 10:17 pm)
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Blow stuff up?




CLOUDBOND007
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All it's really good for is killing weak enemies in a flashy way. I thought it might open up some secret areas or something, but nope.

Anyway, I've got more than 60% of the map now, and just got the ability to turn into a bat to get to new places. I can also stop time, which seems like it's useful for one room and then pretty much sucks. I thought there was one more ability, but I can't remember what it is right now.

I've been playing for more than 5 hours, but I've not exactly been rushing.




Minerva K Red
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(10/28/05 11:05 am)
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I've reached the final level of Castlevania 3 and I still have Grant as my partner. I'm having trouble with the part where the screen scrolls up really fast.




TaroSH
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(10/28/05 11:35 am)
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Quote: I can also stop time, which seems like it's useful for one room and then pretty much sucks.

There's a soul in Aria that makes you immune to time freezing (the Garamoth soul I think, except you don't have to beat up Garamoth for it. You're just given it in the room after the corpse-ball boss). It lets you get through this hallway where an Alice in Wonderland inspired rabbit normally sends you back to the beginning, into a room that contains a lot of enemies and something worthless. A potion or something. Then it's never used again.




ShadOtterdan
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(10/28/05 2:38 pm)
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The time stop soul is very usefull against enemies that block constantly (especially dead crusaders) or against enemies that are moving too fast for you to hit them easily.




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Maybe I'll try it again sometime. Right now, I'm at The Pinnacle and getting beat up a little bit by the enemies there. I'm going to work on that some more later.

I also found this other part of the castle where you see barriers with pictures of enemies on them. You use the attack soul of the enemy pictured, and it breaks the barrier. Through there, I found boss battles that I eventually lost. I'm not sure if that part is optional or not, so I didn't want to use any items just yet. The boss attacks by reflecting a beam off of a bunch of mirrors. After you beat it, you go through the door, and fight a larger, stronger version of the same boss.

I found a couple blocked areas that seem to require the last 3 digits of your gold total to match the number on the barrier. Don't feel like messing around with that right now.




Nixxy Blayde
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(10/28/05 3:46 pm)
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I have no idea what to play right now. Most games that I own I've already finished, and right now I can't afford to buy anything new. It's mostly been R0Ms for me lately, but I'm not sure what to try next.

Maybe I'll play Donkey Kong Country 2. Never did finish that one back when I had borrowed it from somebody.




CLOUDBOND007
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I kinda beat Dawn of Sorrow, but the lack of ending or a real final boss makes that debatable. I figured out what I need to do to get the better endings, and it involves that mirror boss I mentioned earlier.




TaroSH
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(10/28/05 7:19 pm)
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Yeah, most IGA-made Castlevanias have three endings; average, shit, and good. The "average" ones in HoD and AoS came from beating the false final bosses. The "shit" ones come from failing to do something against the true final boss. With HoD, you have to have two items equipped before you enter the fight with the third to last boss (or possibly you could enter without them equipped, then put them on some time during the fight before you deliver the final blow, but I wasn't insane enough to bring the game to my dorm and thus can't check), or else you don't fight the true final boss at all and get the crap ending when ou beat the third-to-final boss. In AoS, you get the crap ending if you lose to the true final boss.

SotN has three endings, but I think the only difference between two of them is what Maria does at the very end, so I don't think there's really "good" and "average" in those ones. There's still a "bad" one.

LoI has only one ending, which I'd classify as "shit".




TWEETER911
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(10/28/05 7:00 pm)
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I don't think the ending from losing to the real last boss is AoS is "crap" exactly....maybe I'm just a sucker for the fact its basicly the opening of a another game though. :p
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I know what CB007 did wrong, and I don't even have it...yet. I won'r make the same mistake he did.......cuz I'm getting a DS soon....before the year is over. Just for AoS2 and Phoenix Wright... :]



I finaly got around to unlocking Q-Ball (Zabii) in Devil Kings. Holy shit, I thought he'd suck, what with him being a fat monk with a retarded spanish accent and all, but he ROCKS! He runs like he's stuck in tar though. :(
Pulling out a book and killing people by SINGING BADLY is the most awesome thing ever. And tonfa-bazookas are neat. I want some.





And yeah, LoI has a shit ending. Shit ending for a shit game!
D:




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/28/05 8:11 pm)
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Are you referring to equipping the item, Tweeter? You get the "bad" ending by not doing that... and it's not actually that bad, just really short. I guess Aria of Sorrow went more in depth with that story idea anyway, so it doesn't much matter... that's why I need to replay it and see that part. I'm trying to make this vague to avoid spoilers for other people, but I think it just sounds confusing.

Anyway, what I got here would be considered the "shit" ending, which happens when you don't have the "enter-mirrors" ability and can't reach an important boss. What you have instead is a battle that's basically impossible to lose, then a line or two of dialogue, and credits.

So anyways, I'm on track for the good ending now. Have to go to a secret part of the map to do more stuff.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(10/28/05 7:25 pm)
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I'm reffering to everything.
:O




TaroSH
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(10/28/05 9:19 pm)
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Quote: I don't think the ending from losing to the real last boss is AoS is "crap" exactly....maybe I'm just a sucker for the fact its basicly the opening of a another game though.

I didn't mean that the ending was actually lousy (except LoI), it's just supposed to be the "bad" ending... the one that's supposed to correspond to a job poorly done... you know what I'm saying?

And for actual quality, all the HoD endings sucked.

I actually have $70 in Best Buy Reward Zone credit (about $50 of which came from my brother's computer), and I'm deeply considering putting it towards a DS. Phoenix Wright is just way too irresistable. DoS, Trace Memory, and Advance Wars are also extremely intriguing. But I might just buy the games, and hold on to them for when the DS comes down more. Or maybe I'll get more credits before the first ones expire (which I'm not letting happen. If I don't have any more and those $70 are getting ready to expire, I'm spending them), and can get the DS for just $30. When I get home, I want to hunt down some James Bond movies.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(10/28/05 9:29 pm)
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Ah, most understandable.




TaroSH
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(10/28/05 9:45 pm)
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I remember that when I was playing it, I posted something about how the "average" ending for HoD felt like "Hey, where's that other dude, whatever his name was." "Dead." "Ah, well, he was a jerk anyway. Let's go have a soda." Credits roll.




TWEETER911
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(10/28/05 9:54 pm)
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Indeed. Juesto and Frenchmaid seeem sssoooo apatheic there....
: )




CLOUDBOND007
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(10/29/05 3:08 pm)
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I'm up to the real final boss, now. Haven't beat it yet, but I think I can do it without leveling up or anything. I've pretty much beat every boss in this game the same way. Use the Devil soul to increase strength at the cost of HP, and hope I don't run out of potions before the thing in question dies. Yeah, I'm a master strategist.




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(10/29/05 3:59 pm)
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Quote: Haven't beat it yet, but I think I can do it without leveling up or anything.


You were a fool to think that! A fool, I tell you!

I'm getting kind of tired of fighting the thing by now. You have to destroy it's knee and it's head... I finally got the knee after many attempts, but ran out of supplies before doing much damage at all to the head. I think that having better souls would help a lot more than levels. But I don't think I have it in me to hunt them down and/or level up some more.

So will CB007 wimp out again and fail to beat the last boss of a game? Yeah, probably. I might want to buy this when I can afford to do so, though.

Lunar Legend is here. Ghaleon, we'll meet again at last.




KazuoSH
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(10/29/05 4:35 pm)
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I think I went through most of Aria without using any healing items, so I had an extreme surplus when I encountered the final boss. Which was good, because that thing's two phases of so much shit flying around that you can't dodge and attack at the same time.




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In DoS, you can carry 9 regular potions and 9 of the better ones. They don't really heal much at all, though. 100HP or 200HP respectively. Out of 600+ total HP on Soma.

You find other things scattered about, like food that heals you, but as far as I can tell, those two potions are the only healing items you can go and buy.

I can't remember if it was like that in Aria or not.




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(10/29/05 4:53 pm)
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I think Aria had food too. You also couldn't buy it there either. If there was food, I had a lot of it, too. I did whatever I could to avoid using healing items throughout AoS (i.e. gain levels).

In Circle of the Moon, there's nowhere to buy potions (if memory serves me right there's no money in CotM, but you all know how much my memory sucks), and you have to rely on what few the enemies drop.




da dick
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(10/29/05 6:23 pm)
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download search:
guess i've been a bit too bored lately. maybe i should stop playing WotES, since my progress with that game is horribly slugggish. anyways. i've been searching for "Privateer"(PC game where you're this merc with a space ship and you can pretty much do whatever hell you want with it, which mostly involve pillaging and plundering(the fun bits at least)), "Another World"(found the SNES version), and "Rise Of The Dragon"(PC adventure game. suppose to be a blade runner rip off. a good rip off. and a small file size for my low bandwidth). i did find the website(http://priv.solsector.net/) for the modern remake of privateer but errrr... bandwidth. it looks pretty dman sweet though. wonder why no one's done a remake of starflight or SF2. SF3 is STILL in development(n hell, i don't have the bandwidth to download it or play it), and i don't think anyone was satisfied with the sega 16-bit version of SF.

btw, downloaded a music video(flash movie slideshow to be exact) of "uncle mutton" by don and drew. it's suppose to be "dadaist" but i don't see it. looked more like a mash up of pics that guy sent to fark.com


FF 3:
completed banon/terra/whatshisnamemetrosexual scenario. oops. guess i shouldn't have done sabin's scenario after that. i died (unintentionally). i'm guessing locke's scenes a bit easier and i might get to steal some nice items. so far, i've died 3 times unintentionally. 1st, the vargas fight when i screwed up the blitz. 2nd, the octopussy at the raft part. pussy banon . maybe i should just remember to level up like a good olde rpg, or stock up on potions before i go into that forest in sabin's scenario.


chaos engine:
made it to mission 4 and ran out of continues. man, i suck at this. i'm guess this game is better for 2 players, since the AI partner is a retard(w/ better aim than me).




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Lunar Legend starts out differently than Lunar SSSC. In this version, Nash has come to Burg looking for a guide to the White Dragon's lair... so he can start a quest to become Dragonmaster. Alex, Luna, Ramus, and Nall go on to help him through the Weird Woods.

The translation is completely different, but it's well written and has some of the same kinds of jokes from before.

Graphics are quite good, with nice sprite animation. I miss the anime cutscenes and voices, though.

In this one, you have occasional still pictures in anime style, and that's better than nothing, I guess. I think there are some small voice clips in here, but nothing substantial, obviously.

The songs seem to be generally the same as in previous versions of the game, but the quality seems lower than it should be for a GBA title. It could be that I was spoiled by Dawn of Sorrow, but I don't think so.

Combat is okay. I haven't played a Lunar game in years, so I can't say specifically how the battle system has changed. You do have an Auto option, which should be good for random battles.

You can save at any time. I recall reading that shutting down the system and reloading your save file will start you at full health and MP. Something that can obviously be abused.




Super Sexy Windcharger
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(10/30/05 10:04 am)
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I just made it to the Proto-Tyrant boss that Rebecca has to fight alone in RE0. I got killed right away. I can see this part is gonna be tough to beat.




da dick
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(10/30/05 12:43 pm)
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streets of rage 3: completed the easy mode using zan/shiva/blaze. guess thats nothing to be proud about. err... i think i'm getting better with blaze. shiva and zan's great too, but when up against bosses, their weak special attacks are really only good for gaining a couple seconds of invunerability. need more practice.

out of this world (SNES. there is a sega version but it's suppose to have less colours and i couldn't find it at my usual R0M place. and the DOS/Win 3.1 version might not work for me):
ah... nothing like smooth vector graphics and atmospheric music to make getting killed hundreds of times so much fun. good thing i can use saved states so i don't have to use the password. though starting right from the start of the "level" isn't such a bad thing. alot of times i saved my game only to find out i missed out on something vital and have to start all over again to complete the "level". i can't really tell which "level" i'm at. but judging form the loading time in between, i'm at level 3. and i finally figured out how to get through it (i think). everything thing in every level serves a purpose. very linear gameplay, but this is exactly what plaform/adventure game puzzles ought to be like-- logical and not too boring. did i say how i actually enjoyed getting killed hundreds of times in the 4 hours i spent playing this game so far? only thing i can complain about it is that most of the puzzles involve running and jumping. actually most of them require so much precise timing, i wonder if this game tests your skill or luck & patience(getting killing over & over again until you get it just right). definitely more fun than the olde 2D prince of persia. this also reminds me of blackthorne, which is slightly less linear but the gunfights in blackthorne do get a bit tedious after a while, and there's a hell lot more jumping puzzles in blackthorne.

so now, i'm at "level 3", i've blown the tunnel that leads to the moat thingy, i've flooded the tunnels so that the waterfall would be cut off, and the water would fill the moat. i've help my native friend get through some sewer and killed most of the guards. just 3 more guards to take care of(which will probably get me killed several times again) and cross the moat and figure out what else i'm suppose to do to proceed farther. yay, i think i'm addicted.